lunes, 31 de marzo de 2014

One Year:
2014 BMW 328d xDrive Wagon Long-Term Arrival
The Wagon That Makes Us Ask, “Why Not?”

  

"A grocery getter?" My dad wasn't impressed. "No," I said, "Well, technically, yes." But he still wasn't getting it. I repeated, slower, "Diesel… wagon… sports package." The silence that followed illustrated that the notion of a diesel-powered wagon that's also desirable remains alien to some.
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Not to me. Or other, jealous people in the office. This new 328d long-termer is a very attractive car around these parts. Why? In numbers, the turbo 2.0-liter I-4 makes 280 lb-ft of torque and returns 43 mpg freeway, while the range estimator reads north of 520 miles on a full tank. In use, it means a strong mid-range, lots of cargo space, and funny looks from truckers when you fill your luxury wagon up at the gas station. It's a handsome car, too, thanks to the Glacier Silver Metallic ($550) paint and M Sport package ($3850), with its revised bumpers, side skirts, and 18-in wheels.
  • 2014 BMW 328D Xdrive Wagon Front End
  • 2014 BMW 328D Xdrive Wagon Rear End
  • 2014 BMW 328D Xdrive Wagon Rear Three Quarter 02












Initial impressions are quite good. This is a strong, comfortable, and relaxing car to drive. Around town, the 8-speed automatic keeps the engine working seamlessly in a window where it seems you can surf the torque forever. It's already been up to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca; not for laps (still under the break-in period), but we were able to sneak on to the track for a photo at the bottom of the Corkscrew. Because why not?
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That question explains the 328d well. It has launch control (why not?), and not because it's particularly fast. Versus our 2012 328i long-termer, it's 492 lbs heavier and slower to 60 mph (7.1 sec) and the quarter mile (15.5 sec @ 87.6 mph). But identical skidpad performances (0.89 g avg) illustrate the strength of the 328d's no-cost Bridgestone Potenza summer tires, as does its improved, 106 ft 60-0 mph stopping distance – credit also goes to the M Sport brake package that adds front four- piston calipers with 14.6-in rotors and rear dual piston calipers with 13.6-in rotors ($650). On options, you could choose two paths for 328d: One's preparation for cold weather and snow, the other for performance. We opted for both routes (again, why not?), so the steering wheel and all four seats are heated and, on top of the aforementioned summer tires and big brakes, the dampers are adjustable, too. With $15,325 worth of options, this may be the most overkill 328d in existence. We'll explore the merit of those options and the 328d's ability to cover asphalt in the coming months. Groceries, too.
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  • 2014 BMW 328D Xdrive Wagon Interior View 02
  • 2014 BMW 328D Xdrive Wagon Interior View
  • 2014 BMW 328D Xdrive Wagon Cockpit
  • 2014 BMW 328D Xdrive Wagon Driver Side
  • 2014 BMW 328D Xdrive Wagon Rear Interior Seats
  • 2014 BMW 328D Xdrive Wagon Navigation
  • 2014 BMW 328D Xdrive Wagon Rear Taillight
  • 2014 BMW 328D Xdrive Wagon Headlamps
  • 2014 BMW 328D Xdrive Wagon Emblem
  • 2014 BMW 328D Xdrive Wagon Engine 02
  • 2014 BMW 328D Xdrive Wagon Rear Cabin
  • 2014 BMW 328D Xdrive Wagon Engine

Our Car
Service life1 mo/2551 mi
Average fuel economy38.3 mpg
CO2 emissions0.58 lb/mi
EPA City/Hwy/Comb Fuel Econ31/43/35 mpg
Energy consumption88 kW-hr/100mi
Unresolved problemsNone
Maintenance cost$0
Normal-wear cost$0


Read more: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/oneyear/wagons/1403_2014_bmw_328d_xdrive_wagon_arrival/#ixzz2xYYZtQ8n

miércoles, 12 de marzo de 2014

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe debuted at Geneva Motor Show


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Mercedes-Benz continues their model expansion into a new, niche segment. The S-Class Coupe, built upon the S-Class sedan architecture, takes on a fairly untapped market, …

Mercedes-Benz continues their model expansion into a new, niche segment. The S-Class Coupe, built upon the S-Class sedan architecture, takes on a fairly untapped market, high-end, luxurious and large two-door coupes.
Design wise, the Mercedes-Benz Concept S-Class stands out with a sleek and flowing design lines while in the rear it features an attractive coupe-like roofline. The Concept S-Class has a pillar-free greenhouse to lend the cabin a roomy feel.
The full-LED headlamps with their iconic eyebrows as daytime driving lamps give the S-Class Coupe an unique look. Headlights equipped with 47 Swarovski crystals are available at an extra cost. 17 angular crystals make up the daytime running lamps and 30 round crystals form the turn signals.
Mercedes Benz S Class Coupe debuted at Geneva Motor Show
Inside, the four-seater S coupe features frameless doors, a dashboard largely carried over from the S-Class sedan and a sporty, coupe-specific three-spoke flat-bottomed steering wheel.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe measures 198.8 inches long, 77 inches wide, and just 55.5 inches tall. The 116-inch wheelbase makes it one of the largest coupes. The concept sits on 21-inch wheels (wrapped in 265/35 front and 295/35 rear tires).
The new 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe comes powered by a V8 biturbo engine. In the S 500 Coupe, the powerful V8 generates 335 kW (455 hp) and a maximum torque of 700 Nm.

lunes, 3 de marzo de 2014

BMW 3 Series eDrive will debut this year





BMW prepares the launch of a new hybrid model, this time for its 3 Series family. The BMW 320e, short for eDrive, will share some …

BMW prepares the launch of a new hybrid model, this time for its 3 Series family. The BMW 320e, short for eDrive, will share some of its drivetrain technology with the upcoming X5 eDrive which we have just tested in France.
While the X5 eDrive uses a four-cylinder turbo petrol engine coupled with a 70kW electric motor, the 3 Series eDrive is said to pair the same electric motor to a three-cylinder petrol powerplant which will give the 320e impressive fuel savings. The X5 eDrive already claims an average fuel consumption of 3.8 liters per 100 km and CO2 emissions of less than 90 grams per kilometer.
BMW 3 Series eDrive will debut this year
BMW is currently offering another hybrid, the ActiveHybrid 3 uses a six-in-line engine, an electric motor and lithium-ion battery. BMW claims a performance of 5.3 seconds from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) while consumption is relatively low, only 5.9 liters per 100 km (37 mpg) and 139 g CO2/km in the EU test cycle.
Despite the hybrid tech in ActiveHybrid 3, other models like the 316i, 318d and 320d offer better fuel savings.
Along with the new 3 Series eDrive, BMW will offer in the future the same technology in 1 and 5 Series models, as well as in the X5 SAV.